The Tax Bill Process, However It Ends, Shows A GOP Struggling To Govern

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The near collapse of the GOP’s tax reform bill in the Senate on Thursday night was the latest debacle for a party that has struggled to govern this year. It suggests that the Republican Party may fail to enact a tax overhaul — or any other major legislation.

Republicans might still approve the bill on Friday, as party leaders are rushing to make changes to appeal to a handful of holdouts, particularly Tennessee’s Bob Corker, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson.

But the bizarre scene on Thursday night, in which GOP leaders had to plead with those three senators not to back a Democratic effort to reject the bill and send it back to be rewritten in the committee